Man stabbed by victim he was attacking, GPD says

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.

A Gainesville man who police say had been beating up another man was stabbed by the victim Tuesday night before being arrested on stalking and battery charges, according to a report.

The Gainesville Police Department gave this account: Cornelius Williams, 29, had been harassing the victim in the parking lot of the Holiday Gardens Apartments, 1499 SW 18th Place, forcing the man to flee to his apartment where he grabbed a kitchen knife.

Later, around 7 p.m., as the victim was walking home from a store, Williams confronted him and shoved him. Williams followed the victim to his apartment and shoved him onto a sofa on a porch and began punching him in the face. Two other people, including a woman, joined Williams in punching and kicking the victim.

During the attack, the victim pulled out the knife and stabbed Williams, who took the knife away and continued the attack.

Williams told police he had been in an argument with the victim and that the other assailants were his cousins, whom he declined to identify.

Williams, who is on probation for a drug charge, was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated stalking and misdemeanor charge of simple battery. He was being held without bond at the Alachua County jail.

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